MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Minneapolis city leaders are beefing up security plans, preparing to close streets and keeping residents and businesses informed as the trial approaches for the former police officer charged in the death of George Floyd.

Mayor Jacob Frey said Wednesday that security will be a top priority during the trial. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck.

Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter, and jury selection in his trial begins March 8.

Up to 2,000 National Guard members and 1,100 officers from other agencies are expected to help with public safety.

The city is also advising businesses to take precautions, and is working to keep residents informed.

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